Court Sentences Uduak Akpan to Death Over Iniobong Umoren’s Murder
Court Sentences Uduak Akpan to Death Over Iniobong Umoren’s Murder: Social media is agog with celebration as there seems to have been justice, at last, a year after the tragic murder of Iniobong Umoren.
The primary suspect in the Akwa Ibom job seeker’s murder, Uduak Akpan, was on Thursday sentenced to death by hanging in the Ibom State High Court.
Akpan attempted to escape shortly after the sentence was announced by the trial judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang, on Thursday.
Our correspondent reports that it took the intervention of the police to foil the attempted escape.
The convict was sentenced to death by hanging and life imprisonment on the two charges of murder and rape preferred against him.
However, the court discharged and acquitted his father, Frank Akpan, and sister, Anwan Bassey (2nd and 3rd accused), who were standing trial for accessory after the fact to murder.
Remember that Uduakabasi Akpan, the suspected killer of a 26-year-old Akwa-Ibom jobseeker, Iniobong Umoren, pleaded guilty to the charge of murder but denied raping the victim.
He was arraigned in 2021, along with his father, Frank Akpan, before the Akwa Ibom State High Court 6, on three counts of murder, rape, and accessory after the facts.
Umoren, a graduate of Philosophy from the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, was allegedly lured, abducted, raped, and murdered on April 29, 2021, by Uduakabasi, who acted on the pretext of offering her a job.
According to the police, the offences are punishable under sections 326(1) and 367 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33, Vol. 2 Laws of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria 2000.
When the charges were read during the arraignment, the first accused pleaded guilty to the murder charge but pleaded not guilty to the second charge of rape.
His father, Frank, pleaded not guilty to the charge of accessory after the facts.